Amazon Echo now lets you control lights and appliances with your voice
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Amazon’s Echo can now control your WeMo or Philips Hue lights and connected appliances.

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Amazon’s Echo just took a major step towards becoming the ultimate smart home controller.

Amazon announced on Wednesday its Bluetooth speaker/voice-assistant wonder tube now works with WeMo and Philips Hue’s smart lights and switches; you c…………… continues on Mashable

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Head of Electrolux US Appliances Arm Quits –
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By Dow Jones Business News,  April 08, 2015, 12:27:00 PM EDT


By Christina Zander

STOCKHOLM–The head of Electrolux’s North American major appliances unit quit Wednesday after the Swedish domestic appliance maker issued a profit warning for the unit.

Electrolux said first-quarter results for the troubled business would come in significantly lower than anticipated as its refrigeration and freezer-making operations continued to be affected by changes to meet new U.S. energy efficiency requirements, and because of a slower-than-expected ramp up of its plant in Memphis, which makes ovens.

The company said it would need most of 2015 before its program to restore profitability and increase efficiency at the U.S. business bears fruit.

The company’s shares in Stockholm fell more than 7% after the announcement. Karri Rinta, an analyst at Handelsbanken, said this had more to do the news about the length of time Electrolux said it would need to return the unit to profitability than the profit warning itself, which many had expected.

Electrolux also said Wednesday that Jack Truong, head of the North American major appliances uni…………… continues on Update – Nasdaq

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